INSCRIBED BY WALLACE STEVENS, SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF THE MAN WITH THE BLUE GUITAR & OTHER POEMS
STEVENS, Wallace. The Man with the Blue Guitar & Other Poems. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1937. Octavo, original yellow cloth, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
First edition of Stevens’s classic collection,one of 1000 copies, signed and dated by him on the half title, “Wallace Stevens, June 10, 1954,” only one year before he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, scarce in second state dust jacket. A beautiful copy.
To critic Harold Bloom, “Blue Guitar is a very American poem, and deliberately so. Its precursor poem is [Whitman’s] Song of Myself.” In this volume’s title poem, together with “A Thought Revolved,” “The Men That Are Falling” and the poet’s revised version of “Owl’s Clover” (1936), Stevens continues his goal to emphasize “the opposition between things as they are and things imagined; in short, to isolate poetry.” Awarded the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, “no poet gives us more to think about or greater reward for thinking” (Chiasson, New York Review of Books). “First Edition” stated on copyright page; one of 1000 copies. In second state dust jacket, with $2.00, and “conjunctions” in place of “conjunctionings” on the front jacket flap. Bookseller ticket.
A fine inscribed copy.